October 12, 2010

From Womb To Cradle, By Jack Rogers Hopkins


If all you knew about Calfornia craftsmaster Jack Rogers Hopkins was his Vulcantastic rocking chair ["Live Long and Rocker"], sit down, because Hippie Woodworking Christmas has come early. Mondo Blogo has posted more incredible images from his seemingly endless collection of "hippie furniture from the 60s and 70s."


And the biomorphic, laminated hardwood One to rule them all was Jack Rogers Hopkins. Hopkins wowed the California Design 11 exhibition in 1971 with his 18-ft piece of "environmental sculpted furniture," called The Womb Room. Then in 1976, he returned to CD with "a modestly sized cradle ingeniously fashioned with one rocker and one leg."

I'm sure there's a story there, between the Womb Room and the cradle, but so far, all I can figure out is that someone must have flipped the transparency when they were laying out their California Design catalogues. Because otherwise, Hopkins' pair of perfectly bookmatched cradles comprises the single most incredible woodworking accomplishment of the 20th century.

I know you were stoned when you made that! more hippie furniture of the 60s and 70s [mondo-blogo]

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